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Forum Webinar – Facing the Reality: Partnering with the Business to Execute D&I Priorities

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When: August 27, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Jeffrey Cookson, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW) | Aisha Ghori Ozaki, Allstate Insurance Company | Shona Ramchandani, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)
Cost: Free

Allstate has been on a journey to expand the impact of inclusive diversity throughout the enterprise. This webinar presents unexpected ways business units chose to act and directly face their teams with critical inclusion training opportunities. Hear from a member of the Inclusive Diversity team, and a volunteer facilitator and training partner (LCW) who will share the process and journey of designing, implementing, and delivering a unique learning program aimed at disrupting unconscious bias in the workplace.

Plan Ahead for Study Abroad on Spring Break and Summer 2021

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Spring Break 2021 and Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other graduation requirements:

Roots to Rap: Islam in America – spring break
HIS 195 (Humanities)

Faith, Vocation, and Social Change – spring break
RLN 409 (Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 (Keystone for some majors)
Spanish Language & Mexican Cultures – summer, multiple SPA course available(Modern Language)

Medical Spanish & Clinical Observership – summer, SPA 218 and SPA399


Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer

THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Sustainability and Food Justice in Italy & the US – Summer
HIS 170 (Humanities) or HIS 440 (elective)

Music Therapy in China – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get more information about these short term programs

TODAY at 10 a.m.: “Wise Feedback” in the Remote Teaching Environment

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In this session we’ll talk about the “Wise feedback” strategy of responding to student work in a way that makes it more likely students — especially at-risk students — will engage with your feedback and be motivated to and confident that they can meet high expectations.

Wednesdays from 10 am – 11 am: CTL’s Practical Pedagogy Series

Please join CTL Director Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright and guests for the Practical Pedagogy Series every Wednesday from 10-11am. Designed to complement the Tech Tune-Ups and Tips series and Fellowship Fridays, the Practical Pedagogy series will focus on helping you maintain and/or improve your current pedagogical practices using your preferred Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI, aka Augsburg’s “Hybrid”) option: LIve Remote, Blended, or Parallel. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Augsburg CTL website, and weekly topics will be posted in A-mail. We look forward to seeing you!

Practical Pedagogy (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

TOMORROW at 10 a.m.: Feedback Part 2: Keeping Students Apprised of their Progress

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Timely feedback is essential in motivating students to continue to engage in an online class. Previous sessions have introduced asynchronous active learning technologies that can provide immediate feedback (e.g., the Moodle lesson, H5P Interactive video, VoiceThread LTI, Moodle quizzes). This session will give you a “student’s perspective” on Moodle grading as well as important strategies for ensuring students’ have an accurate sense of their grades throughout the semester.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am.

Come Zoom with the E-learning Team as they offer two 60-minute sessions each week on how to maximize your use of Moodle and learning technologies as you get ready for classes this Fall. Each session will open with 15-minutes of “pertinent tips & best practices” about important Moodle features/resources. The final 45 minutes will provide training on a specific learning experience or tool.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Recordings Available for Any Training You May Have Missed

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Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am, the eLearning Team has been offering “Tech Tune-ups and Tips”. On Wednesdays at 10 am CTL has been putting on “Practical Pedagogy sessions. As you prepare your courses for Fall, remember that all of the content from past sessions is available to view. Visit the CTL page, and you will find links to Google docs (only viewable with Augsburg email addresses). These Google docs have programming schedules and ZOOM information, as well as links to content from already-offered sessions. Make sure to check them out!

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General Announcements

Welcome Selsa Castillo, Human Resources Generalist

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The Human Resources department is excited to announce that Selsa Castillo joined our team on Monday, July 27 as a Human Resources Generalist. Selsa comes to Augsburg from 3M as a Human Resources Representative, managing employee relations issues, staffing, recruitment, training, and employee engagement at a site of over 700 employees. Selsa holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, with minors in Chicano Studies and Media Studies.

Selsa is excited to work for Augsburg University because it is a faith and mission-based university making an impact in the community and because she believes education is the key to success. In her spare time, she enjoys refinishing wood furniture, fishing, and spending time with her 4 young children, mini sheepadoodle puppy and husband of 15 years.

Along with the HR and Payroll team, Selsa is working remotely and can be reached at Please join our team in welcoming Selsa to the Augsburg community!

Free COVID-19 Testing at People’s Center

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People’s Center Health Services (one block from Augsburg on Riverside) has drive-up COVID-19 testing that is first-come, first-serve (no appointment necessary). Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am to 3:45pm; Thursdays from 8:30am to noon. The testing is free if you are uninsured; if you have insurance your insurance will be billed but there will be no charge to the patient. See link below for more information and a new patient registration form to complete and bring to the appointment.

People’s Center COVID-19 Testing

Farewell Gathering for Christy Mattingly

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Come celebrate Christy Mattingly’s new opportunity on Wednesday at 4:00pm!
Christy will be leaving Augsburg at the end of the week to pursue a new opportunity at Pediatric Home Service in Roseville as their first IT trainer! Augsburg will be losing a talented educator and technologist, and she will be missed. We thank her for her dedication to Augsburg over the past 6 years, and for the many ways that she has supported our faculty (and our students) over that time.

We will be hosting a Zoom gathering at 4pm on Wednesday, July 29th. Drop in and wish Christy well.

Zoom Link

Event Announcements

URGO Summer Research Presentations (NSMSCS)

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Today, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, is the last day that Augsburg URGO Researchers from Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Sciences will present their summer research projects. All are welcome to attend!

This is a virtual event; click the link to join!

Wednesday’s Schedule
10:00 – 11:15
Jason Llapa: Discovery of Actin Rings in Daphnia Basal Bead
Pa Chia Moua: Multiple genes alignment on target genes involved in HPE in Daphnia magna
Reginald Oblitey: How to Make Mutant Human Neuroblastoma cell Line Using CRISPR
Hope Kannare & Andyr Warrington: Assessing the suitability of the medial dorsal thalamus nuclei as a potential target for schizophrenia treatment

11:30 – 1:00 BREAK

1:00 – 2:00
Natalee Lessert: Knee Kinematics in Division III Soccer Players Before and After a Fatigue Protocol
Claudia Radilla: Dog Facial Morphology Genetics
Nicholas Rogge: Exploration of SLC39a14 Gene and the Effects of Manganese Overexposure

Virtual Town Halls for Parents and Families: TOMORROW and Next Week

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Virtual town halls primarily geared for parents and families of Augsburg students will be hosted by President Paul Pribbenow on Thursday, July 30, and Monday, August 3, from 5-6 p.m. Recordings will be posted after the events.

The link to join the webinar will be posted on the Virtual Town Halls page on the Outbreak Planning site (link below).

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

“Resilience Skills for College Students in Uncertain Times”

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Are you attending college this year? Whether a first-year or continuing student, in times of a worldwide pandemic and massive civil unrest, developing and enhancing Resilience Skills is more important than ever. This live, online, experiential playshop provides an introduction to natural ways of restoring resilience skills we all need to thrive, including managing energy, calming the mind, and enhancing connections. Each module in this three-part course includes didactic information, large and small group discussions, and mindful movement instruction.
“Surviving through Thriving: Resilience Skills for College Students in Uncertain Times”
Given by: Partners in Resilience (local Minneapolis natural mental health group)
Tuesdays, August 11, 18 and 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m
Cost: $49. Full or partial scholarships available. No eligible student turned away for inability to pay.
LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC are most welcome.
Contact to apply.

Surviving through Thriving Group link

Supply Drive for Cedar Riverside on August 4

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In partnership with M Health Fairview, Pillsbury United Communities, and the Brian Coyle Center, Augsburg is organizing a Supply Drive for the Cedar Riverside Community.

Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Parking Lot L at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and 25th Ave S which is immediately east of the Edor Nelson Field and Dome; Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

If you are not able to drop items at Augsburg on August 4th, M Health Fairview is collecting donations from July 27 to August 7, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, at two locations: Smiley’s Clinic (2020 E. 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407) and their Midway Campus (1700 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104).

We are collecting new, unopened household supplies and personal care items.

More info:

Keeping Track of Auggies

Urgo Alums Working With COVID Give Advice to Current Undergraduate

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Augsburg URGO students often leave our campus with large dreams of affecting change in the world around them. Two such students are Will Matchett PhD ’13 and Brittany Kimball MD ’13. These alumni pursued different career paths in STEM that are directly shaping healthcare in our current COVID world.

Read more about their important work.


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